Hasheem Thabeet (born Hashim Thabit Manka on 16 February 1987) is a Tanzanian professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He played college basketball for Connecticut before being drafted second overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Thabeet in 2010
|Born||16 February 1987|
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
|Listed height||7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)|
|Listed weight||263 lb (119 kg)|
|High school||Cypress Christian School|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies|
|2011||→Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|2012||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2012–2014||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2014–2015||Grand Rapids Drive|
|Career highlights and awards|
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 NBA career statistics
- 5 Personal life
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Thabeet did not begin to play basketball until the age of 15, when he began to watch pick-up games in Tanzania. When first recruited from Tanzania, Thabeet was fluent in Swahili but knew little English. He played high school basketball at Cypress Christian School in Houston, Texas where he graduated in 2006.
As a freshman for the Connecticut Huskies, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 blocks per game. On 3 December 2006, Thabeet tied a UConn record for blocks in a game with 10. Thabeet was named to the 2007 All-Big East Rookie Team, along with teammate Jerome Dyson.
As a sophomore, he saw increased minutes and he averaged 10.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.5 blocks on the season. On 5 January 2008, he tied his career high in blocks with 10 in the Huskies' 73–67 loss at University of Notre Dame. Thabeet was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Big East second team.
As a junior, Thabeet emerged on the national scene, averaging 13.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. He earned his first career triple-double against Providence College on 31 January 2009, with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. He finished with 152 blocks on the season. He was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was co-Big East Player of the Year with Pitt's DeJuan Blair. He was named second team All-America and National Defensive Player of the Year.
Thabeet surpassed the 1,000-point mark against Purdue on 26 March 2009. He was the third UConn player that season to do so (Jerome Dyson and A. J. Price were the others). Thabeet helped lead UConn to their first Final Four appearance since 2004.
In April 2009, Thabeet declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.
On 25 February 2010, he was assigned to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, becoming the tallest and then-highest-drafted player (surpassed by Anthony Bennett in 2015, the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft) to be sent to the D-League. On 8 March 2010, he was recalled by the Grizzlies.
On 24 February 2011, Thabeet was traded, along with a future first-round pick, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Shane Battier and Ish Smith. On 21 March 2011, he was assigned with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. On 11 April 2011, he was recalled by the Rockets.
Portland Trail BlazersEdit
Oklahoma City ThunderEdit
On 11 July 2012, Thabeet signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. On 26 November 2012, in a 114–69 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, Thabeet recorded his first career double-double with 13 points (a career high) and 10 rebounds.
On 26 August 2014, Thabeet was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a trade exception and a 2015 protected second-round draft pick. On 1 September 2014, he was waived by the 76ers.
Grand Rapids DriveEdit
On 1 November 2014, Thabeet was acquired by the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Pistons. In 49 games for the Drive, he averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "Hasheem Thabeet NBA & ABA Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Biggest Man on Campus – Tanzanian freshman tallest ever at UConn". SI.com. 18 July 2006. Archived from the original on 9 September 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
- "Hasheem Thabeet College Stats - College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- Thabeet’s record 10 blocks key UConn’s big win – College basketball – MSNBC.com Archived 2 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "Connecticut vs. Notre Dame - Game Recap - January 5, 2008 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Providence vs. Connecticut - Game Recap - January 31, 2009 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Blair, Thabeet share Big East award". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Rudy Gay scores 41 as Grizzlies beat Heat 118–90". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Grizzlies demote Thabeet to D-League's Wizards". ESPN.com. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Grizzlies recall rookie Thabeet from D-League". ESPN.com. 8 March 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- Karl, Jason. "NBA Trade Deadline: Houston Rockets Acquire Hasheem Thabeet, Goran Dragic". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Blazers trade Marcus Camby to Rockets for Thabeet, Flynn :InsideHoops". www.insidehoops.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Thunder sign Hasheem Thabeet". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- "Hasheem Thabeet finally has an NBA game highlight video, thanks to the Bobcats, garbage time". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Thunder Acquires Trade Exception and Draft Pick - Oklahoma City Thunder". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Sources: 76ers to trade for, waive Thabeet". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Sixers Waive Hasheem Thabeet". Hoops Rumors. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Detroit Pistons Sign Four to Training Camp Roster - Detroit Pistons". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- Deutsch, Linda. "Pistons release Thabeet, three others". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Grand Rapids DRIVE: 2014-15 Draft". Archived from the original on 18 January 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Meet the 2015 NBA Development Select Team - NBA D-League". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- "Hasheem Thabeet signs with Yokohama B-Corsairs of B1 League in Japan". sportando.com. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
- "Hasheem Thabeet Bio". uconnhuskies.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- Hynes, Calder (19 January 2011). "Hornets.com 1-on-1: Memphis' Hasheem Thabeet". NBA.com. Retrieved 7 December 2015.